China’s Vaccination Certificates Spark Hope for International Travel

China’s Vaccination Certificates Spark Hope for International Travel
Mar 11, 2021 By eChinacities.com

China has launched a vaccination certificate, leaving expats and citizens alike hopeful that they will soon be able to travel freely across borders. The digital certificate is embedded in a QR code that gives information on a carrier’s vaccine status and Covid-19 test results, according to information from China’s Foreign Ministry.

China vaccine certificate
Source: Marco López 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference yesterday, “China has introduced its electronic health certificate for international travelers to other countries and relevant international organizations. To date, many countries and some international organizations have expressed readiness to seek mutual recognition in this regard with China. We hope to launch such mutual-recognition mechanisms with other sides on the basis of accommodating each other's concerns and through friendly consultation so as to facilitate cross-border travel and foster healthy, safe and orderly flow of personnel.”

Zhao stopped well short of announcing any relaxation of border restrictions for international arrivals to China who have already been vaccinated. The Global Times confirmed on Tuesday, however, that the state was looking into whether quarantine measures could be wavered for such groups.

According to Our World Data, China had only vaccinated 52.5 million people by the end of February. With such low levels of the virus in the country and no clear benefits yet to being vaccinated, citizens have been reluctant to get inoculated.

China has also hinted that it will accept similar vaccine certificates from other countries, although it is unclear which are currently being considered. As vaccinations continue to be administered around the world, several countries, including those of the European Union, have agreed to develop vaccine passports.

The International Air Travel Association also announced this week that it is to launch an app that will allow immigration authorities to share travelers’ vaccination data. The app is set to be tested on a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to London next week before being rolled out to 30 more airlines.

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Guest14963676
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China has launched a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate for its citizens planning cross-border travels, joining other countries issuing similar documents as they seek ways to reopen their economies. The certificate issued by China would have details about the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination information and coronavirus test results, the Department of Consular Affairs under China’s foreign ministry said on its website.

Apr 01, 2021 08:59 Report Abuse

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kenneth_taytc
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I read similar news yesterday via other sources. The vaccination certificate is seen as a good step towards reopening of the border, thus making travel available and possible for foreigners.

Mar 15, 2021 10:17 Report Abuse

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Guest14963676
comment|79480|1662630

The country that i lived ordered vaccines from two sources, the 1st stage being the one from UK. Vaccination is still on the early stage. While it is still uncleared which vaccines will be available for the citizens by then, I am still doubtful how to identify it and how the digital certificate works.

Mar 15, 2021 10:13 Report Abuse

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oxana212
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Does Chinese vaccine (an ampule) come with a certificate /passport for a patient ?

Mar 13, 2021 15:50 Report Abuse

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Guest17559884
comment|79452|1951098

Great news

Mar 11, 2021 23:56 Report Abuse

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MarananShally
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I certainly agree for the benefits of all international travelers, workers, expats, businessmen, students, etc. etc. and for the safety of the country where they are going into or leave out. And also electronic health certificate is hassle free

Mar 11, 2021 19:20 Report Abuse

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sorrel
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never needed them before now, so why are they needed for a virus with a recovery rate of over 99% ? But then you want to be controlled and monitored. Remember, logic and evidence don't matter any more, just the companies with the largest bank accounts and the desire for absolute control !

Mar 11, 2021 22:41 Report Abuse